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Spanish Trainee Programme (FTEC)

Imagine what it would be like to be part of, and contribute to, the largest project on the planet. If you’re looking for a challenge, how cool would it be to say you’re working in CERN.

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Take part in the FTEC Trainee Programme (Formacion en Tecnologias Estrategicas del CERN)! This programme is a collaboration between CERN and CIEMAT (Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas) in Spain.

What could be a better boost for your career than a 1-2 year contract in the largest scientific experiment in the world – an Organization at the cutting edge of technology and one which needs your technical expertise? 

Imagine having your first work experience at CERN! 

The qualifications you need:

This programme is aimed at recent graduates from university or higher technical institutes seeking further training in a wide area of projects. In order to qualify for the programme the following applies:

  • You are a Spanish national.
  • You hold a Masters degree (“ingeniero superior” or “master”) or are about to obtain it (you are expected to have your Masters when starting your contract) in the field of mechanical, electrical, electronic or computing engineering, applied physics or equivalent.
  • You have no more than 4 years’ experience following completion of your last degree.
  • You have not previously worked at CERN for more than 14 months.

More specific qualifications relating to the position you apply for will be detailed in the vacancy notice. Exceptions to the application of these criteria can be envisaged if you hold a PhD degree or are in the process of obtaining it.

If you are selected, you will join a team working at CERN and have the opportunity to broaden your knowledge through participation in the hi-tech activities of the laboratory. 

You could be working in fields as wide-ranging as: superconducting and resistive magnets; power converters and their associated electronics; cryogenics and vacuum technologies and electronics for detectors; including radiation resistance issues; and other activities related to infrastructures which could potentially have returns in industry.


The application process:

You can apply once per year for an FTEC position. All available projects will be published once the job is open (beginning of October) and max. 20 projects will be available. We encourage you to apply to all projects that you’d like to work on and which correspond to your profile. 


Please make sure you have all the documents requested to hand as you start your application (CV, most recent relevant qualification/diploma, academic transcript of your highest qualification, reference letters). Once submitted you will not be able to upload any documents or edit your application. As soon as you have submitted your application you will be provided with a link to forward to your referees in order to upload their letters confidentially. Please note this must be done before the closing date (30 November). If you have already applied to another FTEC position with this email, your documents will remain on your candidate profile and you don't have to submit them another time.


Please note that you must also complete the following questionnaire: and provide the relevant documents listed in the questionnaire (those are additional documents to those mentioned above) to justify your answers by the closing date (30 November). This is required by CIEMAT in order to validate and evaluate your application. Note that if you apply to several positions of the FTEC programme, you only have to fill in the survey once.

The selection process will be conducted by a dedicated panel of experts from CERN and CIEMAT in December. If successful, you will normally be expected to take up your appointment in February/March 2019.

Contact at CERN is Manuel Gonzalez Berges, or contact CIEMAT directly. For any questions relating to technical issues you can contact CERN’s Recruitment Service.

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